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Forgiveness – Day 3
God is always ready to forgive a repentant sinner. Often sinners are not repentant. We do not fully understand the laws of God, and consequently we do not put much emphasis on the need to be pure as God is pure. Be holy as I am holy, says God.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
God is always ready to forgive a repentant sinner. Often sinners (and that includes us all) are not repentant. We don’t fully understand God’s laws, and consequently we don’t put much emphasis on the need to be pure as God is pure. Be holy as I am holy repeats the Lord (Leviticus 11:44-45, Leviticus 19:2).
It was always God’s plan to have a Holy nation. One which followed His rules to the letter, and enjoyed intimate fellowship with Him. It is still God’s plan to have a Holy Nation dedicated to Him. Paul wrote to the Ephesian church, telling them they were a chosen holy people: for He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight (Ephesians 1:4).
In Paul’s day writing to the Ephesians, that concept was for a world wide Holy nation, not just one race of people. Jesus, born a Jew wants a world wide family for Himself. He died for every person in every nation.
In the chapter following today’s verse from John’s first letter, we read an encouragement from John to remember the power carried by the name of Jesus. I am writing to you dear children because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name (1 John 2:12).
Praise God today for His long term plan of forgiveness. Praise Him that you are a part of His family of forgiven believers.
Read the four short chapters of John’s first letter and be encouraged once more about all that Jesus achieved for us on the cross.
Be bold to share that truth with someone else today.
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